Counter Culture Training Center: Silver Lake, Los Angeles

Counter Culture Training Center: Silver Lake, Los Angeles

Sometimes we have to step away from our usual routine in order to see the bigger picture. We decided to take a “workcation” and travel to California to get inspired and check out what’s happening in the west coast coffee scene. Counter Culture Coffee, originally from Durham, North Carolina is currently the primary roaster for little skips.  They supply much of the East Coast all the way down to Florida with their award-winning coffee. A couple years ago, the company decided to expand west and opened a roasting facility in Emeryville, California,…

There’s No Limit to a Life in Coffee: SCAA 2016

There’s No Limit to a Life in Coffee: SCAA 2016

Our first step as we get to SCAA is overwhelming but only in the best way. As a coffee professional who sees the coffee industry as opportunity to grow, it is exciting to have an event that can bring our global community together. As we entered the convention center, we were greeted by local cafe reps: Revelator Coffee and Valentine Coffee Company, both originally from Alabama, and Batdorf and Bronson originally from Washington. Each of the stands featured their own roasting styles and unique offerings such as nitro cold brew and hopped…

Toby’s Estate

Toby’s Estate

Take us back to Gare du Nord: the bustling train station in the heart of Paris. Somehow, it is a peaceful environment ridden with constant momentum around pockets of pleasant conversations. You can find that same feel on North 6th street in Williamsburg, which always makes it a pleasure to come to Toby’s Estate. Despite its massive interior, the elaborate shelving that bookcases the space gives it a warm and cozy feel. We can’t help but notice all the intentional design details, both from the customer perspective as well as the efficiency of the coffee counter layout that any…

AP CAFE

AP CAFE

Sandwiched on a typical Bushwick street wrapped in murals and graffiti, the first thing we noticed about AP Cafe was the outdoor waterfall and abundance of natural light. When we first entered AP, the space felt a little sterile: metal table stands, a copper countertop, concrete floors and lots of square angles, but the longer we stayed the more comfortable it felt. There was obviously a lot of thought put into the design of the space that recreates a desert oasis with simple cacti, clean lines and a mostly sandy white and grey interior. We can always…